Guadalupe Torches are decorated with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and ribbons indicating which county they journeyed during November 2021.
Guadalupe Torches are decorated with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and ribbons indicating which county they journeyed during November 2021.

After traversing the Diocese’s four counties since Oct. 29 in multiple parish and school communities, inspiring prayers to the Blessed Mother, the Antorchas Guadalupanas – Torches of Guadalupe – will complete their seventh annual pilgrimage in Lakewood Dec. 3 during a procession throughout the town.

Symbolizing devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and encouraging prayers for the faithfully departed in November, the torches will be processed together by the various participating groups beginning at 8:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 43 Madison Avenue. The route will be approximately three-and-a-half miles, and the procession will include musicians, floats, dancers in costume and walking pilgrims, ending at the Holy Family Chapel, 1139 East County Line Road. Mass will be celebrated in the chapel at noon by Msgr. Thomas N. Gervasio, diocesan Vicar General and moderator of the Curia, and pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton. The Mass will also be livestreamed on diocesan media sites.

A free shuttle bus will be available to help shuttle people from Holy Family Church to St. Mary of the Lake Church following Mass. St. Mary’s will also host a food sale afterwards in the church parking lot.